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Agoraphobia Treatment Options

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Agoraphobia is classified as anxiety disorder that is closely related to panic disorder. Characterized by extreme fear, avoidance, and apprehension, agoraphobia can greatly impair one's quality of life. Those suffering with this mental health condition often struggle with persistent panic attacks. Although agoraphobia can be diagnosed on its own, it often co-occurs with panic disorder. Many of the same treatment options available for panic disorder can also help alleviate the symptoms of agoraphobia. Read more. . .

Panic Disorder and Eating Disorders

Friday May 16, 2014

Eating disorders are mental health conditions that are marked by disturbances in one's eating behaviors. For example, a person suffering with an eating disorder may over- or under- eat, even if doing so causes damage to his or her physical and/or mental health. The three main types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

It is not uncommon for people with eating disorders to also be faced with co-occurring mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Many people with eating disorders will also be diagnosed with co- occurring panic disorder. Read here to learn more about different eating disorders, the experience of panic attacks and eating disorders, and what to do if suspect you have both panic disorder and an eating disorder.

Getting the Most Out of Group Therapy for Panic Disorder

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Group therapy has become a popular treatment option among anxiety disorder sufferers. Through the group therapy process, you can expect to meet with a professional facilitator along with group members who are experiencing similar issues. Within your group, you will discuss your setbacks and limitations, develop new ways to cope with panic disorder and anxiety, provide each other with support, and share in your successes. Group therapy will require an investment in your time, effort, and resources, so it is important that you get the most out of the process. Read ahead for 5 Tips on Making the Most Out of Group Therapy for Panic Disorder.

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Types of Physical Exercise for Panic Disorder

Monday April 14, 2014

Do you regularly participate in a form of physical exercise? If not, now may the time to get started. Research has found that engaging in a regular exercise routine can help alleviate some of the symptoms of panic disorder. Other potential benefits of exercise include decreasing anxiety, improving mood, and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing. For some, regular exercise may also lessen the severity and frequency of panic attacks. Physical exercise has been known to release endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers and stress-reducers. Read more. . . .

Panic Disorder and ADHD

Monday March 24, 2014

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that involves trouble concentrating, restlessness, and difficulty in controlling one's behaviors. Signs of ADHD often first occur in childhood, but it is possible to diagnosed with this condition well into adulthood. Similar to panic disorder, the symptoms of ADHD can greatly diminish a person's quality of life. Additionally, it is possible to be dealing with both the symptoms of panic disorder and ADHD. Some available treatment options may be able to reduce the symptoms of both of these separate mental health disorders. Read more. . .

Panic Disorder and Fibromyalgia

Monday March 10, 2014

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that involves pain and fatigue. This disorder is often misunderstood, as the symptoms of fibromyalgia typically mimic those of other conditions and there is currently no test to accurately determine if a person has fibromyalgia. Even though this condition is associated with numerous misconceptions, it has been estimated that over 6 million Americans are dealing with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.  Many people with fibromyalgia are also faced with a co-occurring anxiety disorder, including panic disorder. Fortunately, there are treatment options available to help treat both panic disorder and fibromyalgia. Read more. . .

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Panic Disorder

Monday February 17, 2014

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during certain seasons or times of year. SAD is most commonly seen in the winter months, when the days are shorter and temperatures are colder. Typical symptoms of SAD include decreased energy, social withdrawal, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and changes in weight and appetite. Depression, including SAD, is a common co-occurring condition among panic disorder sufferers. Fortunately, treatment options are available that can help with the symptoms of both of these conditions. Read more. . .

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Using Affirmations for Panic Disorder

Tuesday February 4, 2014

Affirmations are short statements or phrases that can be repeated to assert a positive message. As a self-help technique, affirmations can help a panic disorder sufferer get past negative thinking patterns and improve self-esteem.  Affirmations can be created to help you overcome your pessimistic views about different areas of your life, such as you relationships, self-image, and career. Read more...

How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

Monday January 27, 2014

People with panic disorder are often chronic worries. You may worry about things that occurred in the past, your future, and day-to-day issues. Many worries are also frequently affected by any judgments or evaluations made by other people. Chronic worries often ask themselves, " how can I stop worrying so much about what other people think?"  Fortunately, it is possible to stop worrying so much about others and learn to let go of these anxious thoughts. Read more. . .

Lexapro for Panic Disorder

Monday January 20, 2014

Antidepressants have traditionally been prescribed to treat depression and other related mood disorders. However, research eventually found that these types of medications can be used to safely and effectively treat anxiety disorders, including panic disorder. Lexapro (escitalopram) is one type of antidepressant that is often prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks associated with panic disorder. This medication can impact chemical messengers in the brain, allowing for a panic sufferer to feel a reduction in anxiety. Lexapro is considered safe, but there are still some precautions to consider when taking this medication.

Learn more about how Lexapro is used in the treatment of panic disorder and the potential side effects and precautions of using this medication:

Lexapro for Panic Disorder

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